Bibiana Steinhaus was born in Bad Lauterberg, West Germany (now Germany) on March 24, 1979. She is a German football referee who referees for MTV Engelbostel-Schulenburg of the Lower Saxony Football Association. She is a FIFA referee and is ranked as a UEFA women’s elite category referee. Bibiana Steinhaus is best known as an Association Football Referee. She is 1.81 m (5 ft 11 inches)
She is one of the most successful Association Football Referee. She has been ranked on the list of famous people who were born on March 24, 1979. She is one of the Richest Association Football Referee who was born in Germany.
Family Background and Refereeing career
Before becoming a referee like her father, Steinhaus played as a footballer for SV Bad Lauterberg. Steinhaus became a referee for the club SV Bad Lauterberg and began in the Frauen-Bundesliga after receiving DFB certification in 1999, having taken professional courses since the age of 15.
She moved to the Regionalliga in 2001 and was the main referee for the 2003 DFB-Pokal der Frauen Final between FFC Frankfurt and FCR 2001 Duisburg in 2003. Steinhaus began refereeing in the men’s Bundesliga in 2007, making her the first female referee in German men’s professional football. She was also selected for the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, UEFA Women’s Euro 2009, and 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. In 2016, she changed her affiliation to MTV Engelbostel-Schulenburg.
For the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup, the sixteen referees are chosen and Steinhaus was one of them. She officiated two group stage matches and the final between Japan and the United States. Steinhaus was selected to officiate the women’s football gold medal match at the 2012 Summer Olympics which was also between Japan and the United States
Steinhaus was chosen by UEFA as the referee for the 2017 UEFA Women’s Champions League Final, played between Lyon and Paris Saint-Germain in Cardiff on May 12, 2017. A week later, she was promoted by the DFB to officiate in the top-level Bundesliga, for the 2017–18 season, making her the first female referee in the league’s history.
On September 10, 2017, Steinhaus officiated her first Bundesliga match, a 1–1 draw between Hertha BSC and Werder Bremen. Hertha, the hosts, offered promotional half-price “Bibiana tickets” to female fans. In 2018, DFB named Steinhaus the female referee of the year.
Bibiana Steinhaus’ Personal life
Bibiana Steinhaus is in a long-term relationship with English referee Howard Webb. They are so much in love that Howard Webb had to relocate to Germany after separating from his wife, Kay to be with his sweetheart
Controversies and Impart
Steinhaus has been the target of abuse and controversial incidents on several occasions, including a physical confrontation from Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola while serving as the fourth official in a 2014 match, and an accidental groping of her breast by a player in 2010
Fortuna Düsseldorf’s Kerem Demirbay was suspended for five matches by his club after making a sexist comment towards Steinhaus, who had sent him off for a second yellow card.
IRIB, the state broadcaster of Iran, cancelled its broadcast of a Bundesliga fixture in February 2019 due to Steinhaus being named as its head referee. The television channel had previously broadcast a match officiated by Steinhaus but cut to crowd shots instead of using the close-up shots of Steinhaus in the normal feed.
Bibiana Steinhaus’ Police Career
Steinhaus is a trained police officer with the rank of Chief Inspector. She has been a police officer since the age of 19. She combines her experience in the police force with her knowledge of the game of football in carrying out the herculean task of a referee.
Bibiana Steinhaus’ Net Worth
Estimated Net Worth in 2019 $1 Million – $5 Million (Approx.)
Previous Year’s Net Worth (2018) $100,000 – $1 Million